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Book Review of The Dawkins Letters

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I have just been handed  The Dawkins Letters: Revised Edition – Challenging Atheist Myths and I am loving it! As you may know, Richard Dawkins wrote The God Delusion which served as a powerful manifesto for the New Atheists. Pastor David Robertson decided to respond to Dawkins by sending a letter to his organization. They unexpectedly posted it on their website and Robertson received a number of surprisingly vitriolic responses from the readers. Realizing he had hit a nerve, Robertson continued to respond in letter format. These letters form the chapters of the book. The titles of the chapters are: The Myth of Higher Consciousness…

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Book Review – The Lost Letters of Pergamum

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Fall is in the air in New England. Christmas will be here soon. Looking for an unusual present for the man or young man who has everything? Allow me to recommend The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce Longenecker. These “newly discovered letters” recount the period after Paul’s death while the church was in its infancy. We are allowed to read the “newly found” personal letters between Luke and Antipas. In the course of reading the correspondence, we watch Antipas move from Roman benefactor to Christian martyr. Longenecker states in his preface: “The narrative of the final year of Antipas’…

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Family Book Recommendation: Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen L. Taylor

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September should be Family Devotions month. Back to school and routine. Back to leading the family in thinking about the Lord. When our children were younger we would alternate between the Bible and other books for our family devotions time. Today I want to highlight a book that we loved years ago:  Little Pilgrim’s Progress. This highly readable book tells the classic story of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City. Along the way, we discover all the temptations and enemies he faces. Part one is about Christian. Part two is about Christiana. This story will spark lots of discussion (and reflection…

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Book Review – The Poverty of Nations

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As a college student 30 years ago, I was confronted with the fact of world poverty. At that time, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger was the book that spoke to Christians about this issue. The thesis was that the rich Christians in the West should help their poorer brothers. But the underlying motivation was guilt. How can we be so rich and do nothing to help others? Enter The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus. This profound and comprehensive book argues that the question we should ask is, “Why have some nations become wealthy and others stayed…

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Case For Christ – E-book on Sale!

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The electronic version of The Case for Christ is on sale. Only $2.99 for this foundational apologetics book. Lee Strobel interviews fourteen experts to answer questions in three sections: 1. Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? 2. Who was Jesus? 3.  Did Jesus really rise from the dead? If you have not read this book, it needs to be in your hands and the hands of anyone with questions.  At over 280 pages, that’s a penny a page!

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Loving Your Wife/Husband

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Marital harmony is important to display the glory of the Christian life to our children. But we all need help. The following summary from  is convicting. Print it down and pray through it for yourself. Andy Naselli Here are some excerpts from chapter 12 of Paul David Tripp’s What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010).  (I added the three headings and the numbering. Everything else quotes Tripp.) 1. What is love? Love is willing self-sacrifice for the good of another that does not require reciprocation or that the person being loved is deserving. 2. What does love…

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Bits and Pieces from Around the Web

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Great Article arguing that older Christians should be able to say to younger Christians, ” Imitate me.” Can you say that? Dads and Moms we should be able to say to our children, “Imitate me.” Great Article on the Biblical Sluggard – 1. He will not start things. 2. He will not finish things. 3. He will not face things. 4. Consequently he is restless. Read the whole thing to put biblical labels on something you might be facing in your  parenting. An article on disciplining and identifying with your child talks about drawing out your child so that they…

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Worldliness Chapter 6 – How to Love the World

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In the last chapter, Jeff Purswell lays out a case for loving the world. He wants to counter the feeling of that we are to live the Christian life by negation? He quotes his own children saying, “But Dad, what can I do?” (Note – I am reminded of John Piper’s fathers advice that, “We want to do so fast, we don’t have time to don’t.” or something of that nature.) The Overview of Redemption: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Consummation Jeff starts by giving us the grand story of redemption: Creation – God made everything, God created us for fellowship, Created…

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Worldliness – Chapter 5 – God, My Heart and My Clothes

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C. J. Mahaney tells the true story of Jenni who said, “When choosing what to wear I thought only of what would flatter me, what would bring more attention my way…I wanted to be accepted and admired for what I wore.” Theme verse 1 Timothy 2:9 “that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire. What is modesty/immodesty? “Modestly mean propriety. It means avoiding clothes and adornment that are extravagant or sexually enticing. Modesty is humility expressed in dress. …Immodesty, then, is much more than wearing…

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Worldliness Chapter 1 – Is This Verse in Your Bible?

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Our small group has been reading through the book Worldliness. I want to take these weeks before we finish it to blog through the chapters and the important points in each. Here is an overview of chapter 1. Do not love the world or anything in the world. 1 John 2:15 C. J. Mahaney starts out his chapter highlighting Demas the Deserter. Demas deserted because he  drifted into loving the world. (2 Tim 4:10) Our problem? “Within a generations, worldly and worldliness have lost most of their meaning.” “We aren’t under attack from without; we’re decaying from within.” p. 22…

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